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Vrana Heading to Specialist for Injured Shoulder; Berggren, McIsaac progressing

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The Detroit Red Wings are sending forward Jakub Vrana to a specialist Monday to look at his injured shoulder

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said left wing Jakub Vrana will see a specialist Monday to determine the extent of his shoulder injury.

“I’ll have more of an update as I find out more relevant information,” Blashill said.

Vrana, expected to be the Red Wings’ top goal scorer, arrived late to training camp because of a visa problem and then was injured during his first practice.

In other news from Sunday’s Red and White game, Jonatan Berggren and Jared McIsaac were still sidelined with injuries.

“Berggren’s progressing, McIsaac’s progressing,” Blashill said. “Neither one of them will be in practice full tomorrow.”

Berggren, the seventh leading scorer in the Swedish Elite League last season, is one of the prize rookies the Red Wings wanted to look at in the preseason. 

Defenseman Marc Staal didn’t play in the scrimmage, but Blashill said the veteran was just given the day off.

Forward Bobby Ryan is on a tryout contract. Blashill said he thinks he’s “skating good.”

Could he make the team?      

“I certainly think there could be a path,” Blashill said.

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Mark W

Let’s hope Vrana’s shoulder requires only rest. Before concluding otherwise some reading about the complicated movements of the shoulder leads one to think that the Wings would subject any shoulder injury to a couple of opinions. Even so, the odds of a shoulder injury requiring at least a long period of rest are good.

With the season around the corner Vrana’s probable absence should put a little more jump in the skates of prospective replacements on down the chain of succession. Raymond’s style of play might be the closest to the style of Vrana and both play LW.

But it seems most likely that any of the prospects that make the team would start as a 4th line replacement until they show their talent. That tends to bring Veleno to mind for his physical strength and experience.

It will be interesting to watch the restructured lines caused by any Vrana and in Canada a Bertuzzi absence.

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